The events which occured on this day fifty years ago remain some of the most shocking incidents of the latter twentieth century. In 1963, whilst riding in an open-topped limousine next to his wife, John F. Kennedy – the 35th President of the United States – was shot in the throat, back, and head. The assassin, Harvey Lee Oswald, was murdered by Jack Ruby before he could be put on trial, and Ruby himself died of cancer in 1967, leaving yet more questions unanswered.
Whilst only holding office for two years, the late President John F. Kennedy still excises a powerful hold on the imagination of today. His youth and vitality, his progressive politics, the pivotal role he played in the Cuban Missile Crisis, coupled with his untimely demise – which is still shrouded in conspiracy theories and unanswered questions – have ensured his place as one of the most important and influential figures of the twentieth century. To mark this occasion, we’ve made some of University Press Scholarship Online’s content available for one month. The chapters, from a variety of our partner presses, shed light not just on his death, but also his life, politics, and short-lived Presidency.
- 'The Myths of 1960' in Kennedy v. Nixon: The Presidential Election of 1960 by Edmund F. Kallina
- 'How Adlai Stevenson Put John F. Kennedy in the Whitehouse' in Inside the Presidential Debates: Their Improbable Past and Promising Future by Newton N. Minow, Craig L. LaMay, and Vartan Gregorian
- 'John F. Kennedy' in The Unitary Executive: Presidential Power from Washington to Bush by Steven G. Calabresi and Christopher S. Yoo
- 'Cold War Civil Rights and Kennedy's Courting of African Nationalists' in Betting on the Africans: John F. Kennedy's Courting of African Nationalist Leaders
- 'The Kennedy-Castro Years' by David A. Welch in Fifty Years of Revolution: Perspectives on Cuba, the United States, and the World ed. Soraya M. Castro Marino and John S. Reitan.
- 'Toward a Tragedy' in Death of a Generation: How the Assasinations of Diem and JFK Prolonged the Vietnam War by Howard Jones
- 'The Nature of Conspiracy Belief' in A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America by Michael Barkun
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